Heritage Protection Guide
Welcome to the most comprehensive online guide to heritage protection in England. This is a guide to the law, policy and guidance that protects the heritage of our listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, registered parks, gardens and battlefields, ship and other protected wreck sites, World Heritage Sites, non-designated archaeological sites, local listed buildings and other heritage assets.
Search for appeal and call-in decisions relating to planning permission (that affects a heritage asset) and listed building consent.
This is a guide to the law, policy and guidance that exist to protect our historic areas, sites, buildings and monuments in England.
Understanding the significance of heritage assets is fundamental to their care and protection
Examines the different processes involved in identifying and designating heritage assets.
The objective of the planning system is sustainability: meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations meeting theirs.
Consents and permissions are key aspects towards protecting England’s heritage, aiding an informed approach to managing change in historic places.
When considering permissions and consents for work that affect heritage assets relevant authorities must adhere to certain principles and obligations.
It is very important to understand precisely what a permission or consent for development or works actually gives permission for.
The vast majority of our historic buildings and sites are in private ownership and maintained at personal cost.
Heritage assets at risk obviously deserve priority attention as they are irreplaceable.
Where works have taken place without the required consent authorities have options to have the heritage asset restored to its original state.
All land, buildings and building works are subject to various legal compliance requirements to protect health and safety and equality of access.
There are hundreds of organisations and hundreds of thousands of people who each year give their time for free to protect the nation’s heritage.
The UK is a signatory to a number of international treaties that touch upon or concern culture and heritage. They are not law and have no direct force
Changes in the mainstream planning system as well as in the specialised heritage protection system are regularly being considered and progressed.
Definitions of terms used within heritage protection legislation and documents.